Thursday 21 September 2017

Munster's O'Mahony eager to end Glasgow jinx

Ronan O'Mahony, Munster
Ronan O'Mahony, Munster
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

To say Glasgow Warriors are Munster's bogey team would be an understatement but Anthony Foley's side know that they can ill-afford another defeat to the table-toppers at Irish Independent Park later this evening (7.15).

Munster have lost their last three meetings with the Scots but do come into the game having won their last four home games.

In-form winger Ronan O'Mahony (pictured) recently sealed his future at the province after signing a new two-year contract extension and the Limerick native admitted that Munster are eager to end their poor run against Glasgow.

"We'll give them all the respect they deserve. They beat us three times last season and already once this season so there's a bit of bitterness there. We want to put that straight this weekend," the winger said.

"It's two good sides against each other and it's maybe going to come down to a score. We've done our reviews on them and they have massive continuity within their game."

O'Mahony's inclusion is one of seven changes in total to the side that drew away to Scarlets last weekend. After his late try in Wales, JJ Hanrahan starts at full-back.

There are five fresh faces included in the pack with an entire new front-row as John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu and BJ Botha all start. The highly-rated Jack O'Donoghue comes into the back-row with Sean Dougall to join CJ Stander.

For Glasgow, their enigmatic and versatile Nicolai Matawala starts on the wing and O'Mahony admitted that Munster are wary of his threat.

"He can get the game going, he can take quick taps, he'd keep you on your toes," he said. "You don't know what he's going to pull out next. I don't know if his own players know what he is going to do next. He's one of those.

"They can attack from anywhere. They have huge threats. They have a massive offloading game."

Glasgow currently have a four-point cushion ahead of Munster at the top of the table and have lost just three games this season.

Like Munster, they are missing several of their internationals but as O'Mahony rightfully pointed out, they carry threats right throughout their side.

A fourth consecutive defeat to Glasgow would once upon a time have been unthinkable, but as they've proven, they are major contenders. Verdict: Glasgow Warriors

Munster - JJ Hanrahan; A Conway, K Earls, D Hurley (c), R O'Mahony; I Keatley, D Williams; J Ryan, E Guinazu, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan, B Holland; J O'Donoghue, S Dougall, CJ Stander. Reps: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, St Archer, Dave O'Callaghan, P Butler, N Cronin, A Smith, I Dineen.

Glasgow Warriors - P Murchie; N Matawalu, R Vernon, F Lyle, DTH van der Merwe; C Braid, M McConnell; A Allan, P MacArthur, R de Kierk; J Eddie, A Kellock (c); A Ashe, W Bordill, J Strauss. Reps: D Hall, J Yanuyanutawa, D Rae, A Toolis, T Spinks, G Bryce, L Jones, R Hughes.

REF - N Owens (WRU)

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